Israeland in Torah and Mishna

'A land overflowing with milk and honey'


Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, was ordered to migrate to Israel around 3700 years ago. As the Bible records: And God said to Avraham: "Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you." (Genesis 12)
Abraham was the first person in Jewish history to execute a real estate transaction in the Promised Land by purchasing the Cave of Machpela in Hebron.

Following Avraham, his son Isaac cultivated the land by digging wells for water and building bases in order to establish towns (Genesis 26)

And Jacob received the prophecy of blessing of the Promised Land in his dream

Likewise in real estate, the value of lands, buildings, lots, and apartments is currently the most valuable in Middle East and comparable to the Western world. "God said: I am the God of Avraham and Isaac. I will give to you and your descendants the land upon which you are lying."

In addition to the forefathers of the Jewish nation, Moses, the greatest leader of mankind, strived to lead the Israelites back to the land of Israel, the land overflowing with milk and honey.

In later generations, the Jewish prophets prophesized the return of the Israelites to their land at the end of the exile.

"And He will set up an ensign for the nation, and will assemble the dispersed of Israel. And gather together the scattered of Judah, from the four corners of the earth." (Isaiah 11, 12)

"For I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land" (Ezekiel 36, 24)

"For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: houses and fields and vineyards shall yet again be bought in this land." (Jeremiah 32, 15)

During the periods after the forefathers and prophets, real estate in Israel has prospered and thrived reaching great magnitudes.


A major portion of the laws written in the Mishna and Talmud apply to real estate transactions. These laws are applicable and relevant to our time as well. In addition to these laws, there are many recommendations from sages that regard investing in the land of Israel as a great MITZVAH, or commandment. "A person should divide his money into three parts; one third should be invested in lands, one third for merchandise and business, and one third should be saved to be readily available for use" (Babylonian Talmud).

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